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John S. Bozick

E-Bike Writer & Reviewer

Originally from a small town in northeastern Ohio, John was eventually drawn elsewhere in the pursuit of self-actualization. What began as a creative background slowly shifted into the technical; John’s early interest in art led him to learn design, fabrication, and manufacturing techniques while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He applied his creative, mechanical, and critical thinking skills in various industries including fine art, orthotics, furniture and interior design, construction, etc. before arriving in his current position at Electric Bike Report. Bikes have been present to varying degrees throughout John’s life; as a teenager, he spent much of his free time on a Diamondback BMX, and during/following the pandemic, a secondhand Specialized trail bike offered a way to blow off steam. Writing has been similarly ubiquitous; a natural skill with the written word developed through formal education into a source of pride and passion. At Electric Bike Report, John uses his analytical mind, technical writing skills, and dry sense of humor to share the best e-bikes with the world!

Get to Know John S. Bozick

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Entertainment Design

Favorite Style of E-Bike

City, All-Terrain, Hybrid Path

Favorite E-Bikes Reviewed

Ride1UP Revv 1

Current Bikes You Ride/Own

Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S

Favorite New E-bike Tested

Magnum Vertex

Hobbies

Cooking, Hiking, Camping, Gaming, and Traveling

Best Mid Drive Electric Bike 2024

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The best mid-drive e-bikes and hub-drive e-bikes give riders a surprisingly different riding experience. With one, you only need to work as much as you want. With the other, you’re involved. It’s a little more complicated – but think automatic vs. stick shift.

The difference between the two types of motors comes down to how information is fed to the controller. With hub-drive e-bikes, a cadence sensor (usually with 12 magnets) picks up a signal that the pedals are turning and relays that message to the controller. It’s a binary process: either the pedals are turning or they are not. If the pedals are turning, then the motor starts. And when the pedals stop turning, the controller tells the motor to halt after a slight delay, usually about a second later.

Mid-drive motors use a torque sensor to judge when to turn the motor on and off. (There are also an increasing number of e-bikes with hub motors that are speccing torque sensors.) Instead of a yes/no question, torque sensors detect something more complex: how much pressure is on the pedals?

The fundamental difference means that e-bikes with mid-drive motors behave differently. First, the moment a rider pushes down on a pedal, the motor springs to life. Power addition and subtraction come in proportion to the rider’s effort. Furthermore, the proportion of power applied is determined by which PAS level the rider has selected.

The upshot is that a mid-drive e-bike makes the e-bike experience more seamless, more cyborg, as if the machine were telepathic. It also means that the rider is going to have to work harder to go faster; a Class 3 mid-drive e-bike won’t go 28 without the rider making some real effort.

We’ve tested a myriad of e-bikes with mid-drive motors, and have selected a handful of options that we consider to be the best. Whether you want a relaxed city cruiser or a tough and active trekking bike, look no further for the best mid-drive electric bikes!

*Editor’s Note: Content updated February 14th, 2024 with updated picks for the best mid-drive electric bikes.

Our Best Mid-Drive Electric Bikes for 2024

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Denago eXC2 E-Bike Review, 2024

A value-packed entry-to-mid-level eMTB with a powerful and responsive motor.

Denago truly jumped into the eMTB world with both feet; on one side is the basic, entry-level eXC1, while on the other is the upgraded, higher-tier eXC2. We were highly satisfied when we reviewed the lower-tier model separately, so we expected nothing but good from its sibling. This Denago eXC2 review will shed light on the bike’s upgrades and their effect on performance.

The eXC2’s Bafang M510 mid-drive motor is one of its prominent features; it has 250 watts of nominal power and an eyebrow-raising 95 Nm of torque. This amount of output provided an easy yet thrilling ride, and helped the bike to conquer steep hills without breaking a sweat.

A more powerful motor is just one of the upgrades that justify the eXC2’s price between $3,000 and $3,500. With a larger 720 Wh battery, a wider gearing range, a color display, a sturdier suspension fork, and more – we think the bike provides solid value with a clear spec difference when compared to the base model.

This top-tier version of the bike might have a number of upgrades, but it shares a solid foundation with the eXC1. With modern geometry for comfort, cornering, and control, the design of the eXC2’s frame gives it a great feel for practical use on smoother singletrack.

We put the bike through its paces in tough desert terrain as well as in our series of standardized Speed, Range, Hill, and Brake Tests. The following Denago eXC2 review will reveal our thoughts on its results!

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Best Commuter Electric Bikes 2024

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The daily commute for an average person can be a lot of different things. It can be dozens of miles spent in a car each morning and evening; an hour or two on public transit a day; or a myriad of other things. So why can’t daily trip from A to B be spent on one of the best commuter electric bikes?

From powerful speedsters and long-haul pedalers to nimble and comfortable cruisers, the team at Electric Bike Report reviewed some of the best commuter e-bikes money can buy in 2024. We’ve compiled our favorites into a list to help you pick the best commuter e-bike for your needs.

E-bikes are changing the world’s relationship with bicycles for the better. They’re making the sport — and, more importantly, the mode of transportation — more accessible for more people, making bicycle commuting an increasingly popular choice among those who never considered it before. The commuter e-bikes included on this list will not just get you to your destination without sweating through your clothes, they’ll get you there quickly and have the battery capacity to cover far distances with ease. EBR’s team of experienced testers have put many of these commuter e-bikes on this list through their paces on our home roads and paths in southwest Utah, but some of these bikes were included on merit alone — their reputations and spec sheets were just too good to ignore.

Because commuting can mean so many different things depending on where you live and work (especially here in the U.S.), we’ve tried our best to stick to bikes designed with commuting as their best intended use. These bikes are primarily built for pavement, and their motor and battery systems were chosen with speed, efficiency and longevity in mind. If you’re looking for a lighter-duty commuter more at home in a bustling urban environment, check out our list of the best city and urban e-bikes — a category closely related to this one.

*Editor’s Note: Last updated Feb. 9, 2024 with new picks for the best commuter electric bikes.

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KBO Ranger Review, 2024

A massive battery keeps this affordable but effective cargo bike going for ages!

While affordability is becoming more and more present in the electric cargo bike market, cost-friendliness and cargo capability are not always synonymous. With an MSRP of $1,799, the KBO Ranger offers an affordable solution for those seeking an affordable electric cargo bike. We explain the bike’s feel and function after testing its real world performance in this KBO Ranger review!

As befitting an e-bike with a 400-lb total payload capacity, the Ranger packs a powerful 48V, 750W rear hub motor. This allows the bike to carry a heavy load quickly, even when moving up and over hills. The Ranger ships as a Class 2 e-bike with throttle and pedal assisted speeds up to 20 mph, though it can be unlocked to travel faster.

The bike also includes an uncommonly large 840 watt-hour (Wh) battery with enough capacity to keep the bike moving for ages before needing to recharge. KBO advertises 60+ miles when using pedal assist; we evaluated this claim in the Range Test section of our KBO Ranger review below.

Many of the cargo e-bikes we’ve tested have felt long and somewhat awkward to ride without a payload, but the Ranger felt relatively nimble and was comfortable to ride solo. Its shorter-than-average wheelbase and 20”x3” street tires gave it the kind of personality we’d expect more from a versatile utility bike than a dedicated cargo hauler.

Our full KBO Ranger review covers our thoughts on the bike’s specs, features, and performance – see below for all the details!

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